RoHS 2 Directive (EU) 2015/863

Thatcham, UK – on the 4th June 2015 the EU commission issued Directive 2015/863 which amended Annex II of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.

This amendment added four phthalates to the restricted substances list.  The full list in Annex II of Directive 2011/65/EU now contains 10 restricted substances;

  1. Lead (0.1 %)
  2. Mercury (0.1 %)
  3. Cadmium (0.01 %)
  4. Hexavalent chromium (0.1 %)
  5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1 %)
  6. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1 %)
  7. Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0.1 %)
  8. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0.1 %)
  9. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0.1 %)
  10. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0.1 %)

Annex II of the EU Directive 2015/863 advises;

The restriction of DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP shall apply to medical devices, including in vitro medical devices, and monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments, from 22 July 2021.

The restriction of DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP shall not apply to cables or spare parts for the repair, the reuse, the updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2019, and of medical devices, including in vitro medical devices, and monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments, placed on the market before 22 July 2021.
— http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32015L0863&from=EN

Phthalates are esters of pthhalic acid primarily used as a plasticiser in plastics to increase flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity.

In EMS' experience the majority of component suppliers already comply with this new directive. But this cannot be guaranteed across all components at this stage, particularly in relation to wire and cable products where the flexibility element of phthalates could have been applied. This is not to say that it is common across all wire or cable, simply a possibility.

EMS' statement concerning RoHS 2 and the Directive 2015/863 can be found on the RoHS page within our quality section;